Thursday, October 6, 2005

Museuming
Lois Swanee
Museum Curator

Christmas in Holly Springs - 2005

Eighteen years ago we were trying to revive the Museum and we needed a fundraiser. We decided to have a Christmas Pilgrimage of homes different from the ones on the spring tour.

At first, we thought we could have a Victorian Christmas tour. Well, there are only four Victorian houses in the whole town; that wouldn’t do, so we chose houses that had never been on the tour before.

The first year we were planning the tour and one had to pull out, that left only three so we cancelled the tour. The next year we planned a super tour of the antebellum houses. The Terrace, The Pines, Rutledge, and the H. Harris Lomenick 1890 house, none had ever before been on tour. The tour was absolutely delightful.

My son, Randall was in the billboard business at the time of the first tour and he gave us, free of charge, ten billboards in Memphis, so that year we had the biggest crowd we have ever had.  

The next year on December 2 and 3 we planned a great tour of Fleur-de-Lis, Cedarhurst, West Hill, Montrose and Walter Place; another super tour. Two weeks before the event, a prognosticator announced to the whole world that a great earthquake would shake the earth on the second day of December, the day of the tour. Some people missed our tour because they sat at home waiting for the earthquake that never happened. One year the temperature was five degrees and the building next door controlled the heat. The manager cut our heat off and left town with the key in his pocket.

People who open their homes for the tours are community minded, unselfish persons. The town appreciates them sharing their homes with everyone. We have entertained thousands of people and we are helping put Holly Springs on the map. Homeowners have made this possible; without the homeowners, there are no tours.

On December 3 and 4 this year, will be our 17th annual Christmas in Holly Springs tour. We are inviting all of you to come and enjoy. Our tour will consist of seven houses: Featherston, Cottage Hill, The Terrace, Polk Place, Governor Matthew’s House, Walter Place and Fiddler’s Green, which has never been on tour before.

Five of the homes are antebellum; one was a wedding gift and one a 1900 house. They will all be dressed in Christmas or holiday splendor for your enjoyment. Each is completely different from the other but all are marvelous.

As an added bonus there will be the beautiful Lynn Park that is like going into fantasyland, which is a miracle that last year appeared in our midst.

On Saturday afternoon, December 3, will be a Christmas Cantata given by the Holly Springs High School Choir under the direction of Barbara Anderson. It will be held at the historic antebellum upstairs auditorium of the First United Methodist Church at 175 East Van Dorn Ave.   

All of this is something positive, good and wonderful to remember forevermore. The cost of advance tickets is $25 each or for groups of ten or more will be $22 each until November 25. The week of the tour tickets will be $30 each. Tickets may be purchased at the Marshall County Historical Museum at 111 Van Dorn Avenue, 662 252-3669. Proceeds go to support the Museum.


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